Monet Autograph Letter Signed to French novelist, Lucien Descaves
Item Number: 14636
Eminent French Impressionist painter. 2 page Autograph Letter Signed measuring 9" x 7", in French, from Giverny [Eure, France], July 6, 1914. Monet writes to his friend, author Lucien Descaves, regarding a visit. An interesting letter imparting details about how three prolific French creative thinkers arranged time together for friendship and the exchange of ideas.
Monet writes in full:
"It's agreed for Thursday morning. You are to catch the 8:32 train at St. Guyner par Vernon, where you will find my car. I am working very hard at the moment, but I take a rest from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You are not bothering me at all and I will be delighted to see you and Mrs. Descaves. I have written to [Gustave] Geffroy, and I hope he is not in ill health. In all friendship and see you Thursday."
Signed in his hand "Claude Monet."
Monet (1840-1926) moved with his family to Giverny in 1883 where he enjoyed continued artistic and commercial success for the rest of his life.
His friend, Lucien Descaves was also a great creative mind. A novelist and founding member of the Académie Goncourt, a French literary society founded in opposition to Académie française, Descaves was a frequent visitor to Monet's house at Giverny. Gustave Geffroy, who Monet mentions in the letter, was an author and art critic as well as a fellow founding member of Académie Goncourt who admired Monet. Geffroy was one of the first historians of the Impressionist movement.
The letter provides important evidence of how these three creative minds arranged time together for the exchange of artistic ideas. Matted with a picture of Monet in his later years and framed to an overall size of 26.25" x 18". With folds, otherwise in good condition.